The Distance Challenge is a series of six races in the Austin, Texas area sponsored by Austin Fit Magazine, a local resource for athletes. Runners have to register for the series and also register for each race, so it ain’t cheap! There is a choice between the “half track” option and the “full track” option; unfortunately half track does not equal half price. The difference is in the length of two of the races: the last 10K is a 30K for full track, and the last half-marathon is a full marathon. I’m registered for the half track…so far. And this particular race was the first 10K.
A little background before we continue: I have spent the last year or so entering very small, not well advertised races, because I discovered I don’t have to run very fast to place within my age group. This race was not like that. This race had 1,214 participants. It was split darn near evenly between males and females (624 females) and had 102 female runners in my age group. I always look at previous results before a race, just to see what the demographic is made up of. This race is made up of fast runners, we’re talking folks who are running 10K in 32 minutes or less! In 2012, 167 people finished with sub 7:00 minute mile paces, and 32 of those were sub 6:00. I went in knowing I wouldn’t place, and not needing to. I was just chasing a 10K PR, and using it as a training run for the week and an opportunity to work on some race tactics that need honing. Read more >>